United Nations Reform

On 31 May 2018, the General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution “Repositioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system”. The landmark resolution contains measures to enhance the capacity of the United Nations Development System (UNDS) to better support countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and provides guidance to the Secretary-General and the UNDS on their implementation.

The ILO Governing Body discussed the implications, opportunities and challenges of the reform initiative for the ILO at its 329th, 332nd, 334th and 335th sessions. In November 2018, the Governing Body, welcomed the UN General Assembly resolution of May 2018 and the active engagement of the Office and in March 2019, the Governing Body requested the Director-General to strengthen leadership in promoting the value of tripartism and the role of social partners in the implementation of the resolution. ​

The key proposals of the UN Reform:

  1. A new generation of UN Country Teams (UNCTs) and UN Development Nations Assistance Framework (UNDAFs).
  2. A reinvigorated Resident Coordinators (RCs) system with enhanced capacity, leadership, accountability and impartiality.
  3. Common business service and back offices functions.
  4. A revamped UNDS regional approach to better support work on the field.
  5. Enhanced transparency and accountability of system-wide results and stronger capacities for system-wide evaluations.
  6. A system-wide approach to partnerships for the 2030 Agenda.
  7. A Funding compact to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.
  8. A system-wide strategic document to accelerate the system’s alignment to the 2030 Agenda.
The ILO Governing Body discussed the implications, opportunities and challenges of the reform initiative for the ILO at its 329th, 332nd, 334th and 335th sessions. In November 2018, the Governing Body, welcomed the UN General Assembly resolution of May 2018 and the active engagement of the Office and in March 2019, the Governing Body requested the Director-General to strengthen leadership in promoting the value of tripartism and the role of social partners in the implementation of the resolution. ​

To leran more about the Reform visit the UN Reform website.